Published on June 29, 2017

Behind-the-Scenes: Feeding Time for Beach Creatures

Hermit crab and anemone

A new live-animal program about hermit crabs, sea stars, and other charismatic marine life comes to Joppa Flats this summer. Have you ever wondered what—and how—all those tide pool animals eat without visible mouths or teeth? Join us on Wednesday afternoons to find out!

Every Wednesday from 4:30–6:00 pm
July 5-August 16

$8 per person

Adults and children ages 7 and up will get a special peek at feeding time in our 110-gallon touch tank!

Call 978-462-9998 to register.

  • Please Note: Space around the tank is limited—reservations must be made in advance.

More About This Program

“Join me and the Joppa Flats animal husbandry team after hours!" says Lisa Hutchings, School and Youth Education Coordinator at Joppa Flats. "It’s feeding time at our 110-gallon touch tank, and we’ll give you a fascinating look at our critters as they get their 'dinner.'"

Participants will use a digital hand-held microscope so they can see a horseshoe crab devour sea worms, sea anemones lick food off their tentacles, and hermit crabs ‘beg’ for supper. Our video screen gives you a larger-than-life view of the activities, so you’ll really get to see the details.

"We also have an active nursery this year," adds Hutchings. "And as a special treat, we’ll show you our developing skate embryo in its egg case. Have you ever seen horseshoe crab eggs? We’ve got some tiny green ones that should hatch by the end of the summer!"